Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic are in the closest race to be crowned the NBA Scoring Champion in over a decade
Joel Embiid is currently leading the race to be crowned the NBA Scoring Champion for the second straight season. Nipping at is heels is Dallas Maverick’s star Luka Doncic, in what is shaping up to be the closest scoring title race in over a decade.
Embiid currently leads Doncic by 0.22 points per game and according to NBA.com, the last time the scoring title was decided by less than a half-point per game was the 2011-12 season when Kevin Durant narrowly beat out Kobe Bryant by 0.17 points per game to win the scoring title. Durant averaged 28.03, Bryant averaged 27.86.
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With Doncic and Embiid fighting to be crowned the scoring champion this season, the NBA will have an international player as its scoring champion for the second time in league history. Embiid was the first international player to win last year, holding off Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the scoring title.
Joel Embiid: 2,110 points in 64 games | 32.97 per game
Luka Doncic: 2,096 points in 64 games | 32.75 per game
The Mavericks have three games left on their schedule compared to the Sixers‘ four. There were reports this morning that Dallas is considering shutting down Luka and Kyrie for the remainder of the season, given the fact that they are now 37-42 on the year, losers of three straight games, and currently sit in 11th place in the Western Conference Standings.
Damian Lillard is currently third in the scoring race at 32.2 points per game, which he’ll finish with after the Portland Trail Blazers decided to shut him down for the rest of the season.
All things considered, the NBA Scoring Title is Embiid’s to lose, depending on his availability over the Sixers’ final four games.